Mount Law wildfire evacuation order and alert update
News Release No. 25 Central Okanagan, B.C. — As a result of ongoing firefighting efforts and favourable weather that included the rainfall yesterday, conditions on the Mount Law wildfire are improving. The Evacuation Order for the property at 4713 MacKinnon Road has been rescinded and downgraded to an Alert today.
The Evacuation Order for the property at 3250 Highway 97, and all Evacuation Alerts remain in place. Despite better conditions, the fire is still considered as being out of control. A detailed map showing the remaining alert and order areas is available at cordemergency.ca/map.
Returning residents are reminded that they may encounter various hazards on private properties as a result of the forest fire. Crews continue fire suppression in the area, and residents should stay out of the way of emergency vehicles and crews.
Additional information on what to do when returning home after an emergency, such as food safety, and resources for residents are available online at cordemergency.ca/resources.
Residents in the alert areas are reminded to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, pre-register with ESS online at ess.gov.bc.ca, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.
Central Okanagan evacuees can find out more about Emergency Support Services by calling 250-469-8512 or by visiting the Central Okanagan ESS Reception Centre at 1480 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, open from noon to 6 p.m. today.
An area restriction remains in place for public safety reasons, and the public is reminded to maintain a safe distance from the fire and all fire suppression activity.
Motorists are reminded they should not be stopping along the highway to observe or take photos of the wildfire and to allow crews to safely do their work. Motorists are to follow the direction of highway crews.
For more information on the Mount Law wildfire, visit cordemergency.ca or the BC Wildfire Service website, sign up for e-updates, follow Central Okanagan Emergency Operations social media channels at facebook.com/cordemergency or twitter.com/CO_emerg, or call the information line at 250-469-8490.